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Schrade Extreme SCHF3 Fixed Blade Survival Knife

With the Schrade Extreme Fixed Blade by your side, there’s not much you’re limited to as long as your skills match your intentions. Like many who are first introduced to this fixed blade, I was curious as to the integrity of this product when I saw that Amazon offered it for around $45. However, after getting a chance to handle it and put it to action I’ve found it’s far better than some of the more expensive models on the market.


As a camper and hunter, I know that this fixed blade can handle the job of performing at the level of it’s competitors in the best survival knife class.

Schrade Extreme SCHF3 Survival Fixed Blade

Schrade is actually manufactured by the same company that produces Smith & Wesson blades, Taylor Brands. Considering I’m a fan of both companies, I always look forward to reviewing their products.

The Micarta handle measures nearly six-inches long and feels sleek and comfortable in a solid grip. Special ridges along the bottom allow the entire hand to wrap around the handle without worrying it might slip or fall. At the end of the handle is a wrist strap that prevents losing it in a drop. That strap is also perfect for tying the knife to a belt or bag. It also comes with a sheath that fits over the stainless-steel blade, to protect against moisture.

Like I said before, I was skeptical that a budget-friendly knife could work as well as a more expensive design. When it arrived I was even a little hesitant to open the box and take out the blade. I couldn’t help feeling that I had wasted your time and my money by reviewing this low budget product. But I figured since it was already here, the worst that would happen is to send it back for an upgrade to something closer to the $50 range. I know this knife fits perfectly into some smaller budgets out there and you’d be happy with your purchase as I was.

Schrade is actually manufactured by the same company as Smith & Wesson

The first thing I noticed was how light the weight of the blade felt. Despite measuring more than six-inches long, this knife weighs in at less than one pound. The longer handle on the blade adds a nice balance to the knife too. If you ever used a knife that had a heavy handle and a light blade, you’ll appreciate the balance on this one.

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The Schrade Extreme Fixed Blade handles survival tool tasks like a charm. During my first outing with it, I put it through the ringer testing different strokes and using it as I would any other product. I used it a few times with my fire starter kit to create a spark that launched a fire, but I also used it on some smaller trees and saplings when cutting wood for the fire. The blade also did a great job of cutting through the ropes and twine that I use when storing supplies for my trip. It also came in handy clearing brush requiring only single swift swipes to knock that brush out of the way in seconds.

The sheath features a simple design made to attach to your belt or bag securely and comes standard with a removable pocket on the front as well. I slipped a small bottle of Rheem oil in the pocket on my blade. While this knife doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, you might find that it develops a few rust spots or rough edges after frequent use. A small coat of Rheem oil will remove the rust and make the blade look new again. If you can’t find anything to place inside the pocket, just remove it from the sheath.

Schrade makes several other survival blades with serrated or flat edges, but the SCHF3 is the only one that combines a flat and serrated edge on the same blade. That flat edge is perfect for slicing through rope and twine, while the serrated knife lets you saw through small trees and heartier objects. It can cut down almost anything you come across while spending time outside. When you look down at the knife, you’ll also notice that the stainless-steel blade runs through the entire length of the shaft. Other blades stop just inside the sheath, which can make the knife weaker and less durable. By using a longer blade, Schrade ensured the durability of this knife.

Take a closer look at the blade, and you can see the coating that the manufacturer added to the knife. This anti-reflective coating keeps the rays of the sun from blinding you and prevents corrosion too. On a recent trip to the lake, I used my knife in the middle of the day to slice through some tangled fishing line, and even with the sun bouncing off every surface in my boat, it didn’t reflect off my blade. The coating also does a good job of stopping corrosion. Even after using my blade for six months, I haven’t noticed any chips or dings in the coating.

Thanks to the serrated edge on the knife, this blade functions well as a makeshift hatchet. While you can’t take down a redwood on your own, you can easily cut through a smaller tree with the edge of the blade. With each stroke that you take, you’ll notice that the knife cuts out a wide surface section, making it easy to grab some extra firewood when camping or hunting. The knife also has a unique design that makes it a great choice for any person. If you’re left handed, you can remove the screws in the handle, turn the blade around and close the knife back up.

You can use the SCHF3 for almost anything you face in the great outdoors. Almost every time I take it out, I find it to perform magnificently far exceeding what I expect for an under $50 piece. You will find that this blade doesn’t replace every knife you will ever use, however this can function as your survival knife. One particular note about it is that it won’t hold up well to water or moisture for extended periods, you’ll definitely want to look elsewhere for a different option canoeing or boating is what you have in mind. Extended exposure to water can weaken the blade, make the edges dull and cause the protective coating to wear off rather quickly from the blade. While I often use my blade on the lake, I keep it away from the water. Using the knife outside and away from the moisture will extend the life and integrity. This blade has hundreds of other more practical uses and for the cost you’re getting a huge bargain here. Campers, hikers, hunters, and preppers will find this as a great addition to your pack.


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